Open June-August Only
About the tour:
Staff will lead tours though three historic structures, the Surveyor's House, the First School of De Smet and the Ingalls Home. Throughout your tour you will learn about the Ingalls arrival to Dakota Territory in 1879, The Long Winter of 1880-81, Pioneer Schooling and the lives of the family including Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura, Carrie, Grace and Laura's daughter Rose. Each historic structure offers a glimpse into living conditions during the the late 1800s while also showcasing some original artifacts.
Visitors are welcome to walk our grounds and read the signs on each building for more information. Our app, Discover Laura, offers a shortened version of the guided tour for both adults and children.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you have. We look forward to providing a memorable visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society.
Please allow a minimum of 2 hours for your visit.
We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before desired tour to purchase tickets.
Tour tickets may be purchased at the Gift Shop at 105 Olivet Avenue, one block south of the Courthouse.
Tours are limited to first come, first serve with a maximum capacity of 18.
Parking is available to the north of our Gift Shop and along side the premises.
RVs and Campers are welcome!
Service animals are welcome.
Pets are not allowed in the buildings.
The Gift Shop, Surveyors' House, First School and first floor of the Ingalls Home are wheelchair accessible.